LASIK surgery is currently the most popular laser eye surgery due to the fact that it is quick, relatively painless, and generally has a short recovery time.
There’s plenty of information on the Internet and elsewhere about LASIK surgery, but there are a few misconceptions that we would like to address.
Here are a few common myths about LASIK, and the actual facts:
Myth: LASIK surgery is painful.
Fact: Even though the stress and anxiety of undergoing any procedure can make people nervous, LASIK is extremely safe and relatively painless.
Before the procedure starts, numbing eye drops are used to keep your eyes comfortable during surgery, which takes about 15 minutes to complete both eyes. You will feel some pressure during the creation of the corneal flap, but laser reshaping of the eye is generally pain-free. If you are anxious before your procedure, your surgeon can give you a mild sedative to help you relax.
Surgery side effects are manageable and minimal. You can leave the laser suite as soon as you are done with the procedure, and usually people do not need more than a few hours rest.
Myth: If you have unsatisfactory results from LASIK surgery, nothing can be done to fix it.
Fact: If your results are not to your satisfaction, a LASIK enhancement procedure may improve your vision. Other possible LASIK side effects such as dry eyes usually are temporary and can be managed successfully.
Myth: LASIK is new, so long-term side effects and complications are unknown.
Fact: Laser vision correction was introduced in the 1980s. Side effects from modern LASIK surgery typically are mild, occur shortly after surgery, and resolve quickly. Significant complications are rare. Things to avoid are: smoky and foggy places for the first few days, swimming and diving for two weeks, and rubbing your eyes vigorously for a week. A month after surgery, you can restart physical activities.
Myth: LASIK corrects only nearsightedness.
Fact: LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In severe cases, other surgery options are available.
Myth: A successful LASIK surgery means you will NEVER need eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Fact: LASIK does not prevent the progression of normal aging changes in the eyes, so at some point after age 40, you may need reading glasses, like anyone else. It is also possible (but uncommon) that you might still need to wear glasses for specific tasks, such as driving at night. Each patient experiences different results from LASIK. Some achieve better than 20/20 vision and end their dependence on corrective eyewear. Others (over age 40) need reading glasses.
Myth: LASIK is not affordable.
Fact: The cost of the surgery depends on the clinic that you choose. Some surgeons “co-manage” LASIK so they give approximately 20% of their fee to the “co-managing” optometrist. Thus, if their fee is $5000 then the co-managing optometrist gets $1000.
Myth: Choosing the right surgeon is too difficult.
Fact: Most surgeons performing LASIK will do a great job. The important question is “Will my surgeon be available to see me postoperatively?”. If not, then maybe you should go somewhere else. If you have questions or concerns after surgery, then you should be able to see your surgeon promptly. Dr. Gregg Feinerman sees all of his patients postoperatively.
It’s important select an experienced eye surgeon who offers you a wide array of different types of laser eye surgeries, so you have treatment options. Professional surgeons with years of valuables hands-on experience at performing refractive surgery, such as Dr. Gregg Feinerman would be your best bet.
Myth: It doesn’t matter who performs my LASIK procedure, since the laser does all the work.
Fact: This is perhaps one of the most dangerous LASIK myths. While the laser is truly an innovative tool essential to the LASIK procedure, it is only a tool. The surgeon’s degree of skill is absolutely essential during this delicate procedure. Dr. Feinerman has the impeccable training and experience to help ensure your LASIK correction will be successful.
Don’t let LASIK fears and myths keep you from enjoying better vision. Contact your Orange County LASIK expert for any concerns you may have.
Doctor Gregg Feinerman is a world-renowned eye surgeon based in Newport Beach, California. As an Orange County eye surgeon, he specializes in LASIK vision correction and cataract surgeries. He and his friendly, knowledgeable staff are available to help you achieve your optimal eye health needs at Feinerman Vision Center.